We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's a major issue. Everybody is a criminal. I am willing to guarantee it. Nobody has read the million pages of federal regs and codes, and no citizen can understand them. A defendant is anybody the feds or the DA want to be one. Nobody is innocent, no matter how hard they try to be.
congress passes the Mandatory Dog Walking Law of 2013 requiring all dogs to be walked twice a day. its about 500 words long and appears in various places in the U.S. Statutes.
legislation also establishes a Federal Dog Walking Administration to put this law into effect, that's about 500 pages long.
the Federal Dog Walking Administration publishes rules in the Code of Federal Regulations describing how dogs are to be walked, by breed, age, health, distance, terrain covered, time of day, watering/feeding requirements, permitted collar/leash combination. these are written by the leash/collar makers, dog food manufacturers, the SPCA, dog health advocates, etc., it is 5,000 pages long.
district and circuit courts interpret the law over the years, in scores of cases, hundreds of pages of dense, legalese.
all this so that PETA can sue you in your dog's name.
Of course, everyone is a criminal in the eyes of the government. If not specifically, they prosecutors will try to make it illegal by mixing and matching to make illegal something that would be legal under the individual laws/regulations.
Did you know it is illegal to give a life jacket to a Cuban or other citizen of a country designated as a terrorist supporter? Sure it is a glitch, they printed "life jacket" when from context they probably meant "buoyancy compensator" but it says what is says.
The jails are full of people who can't afford the fines. Most are in for driving while suspended. Of course, they just keep tacking more and more onto the fines.
Stepson was busted for throwing a donut at a cop writing a speeding ticket. (Thank God, he didn't hit him or it would have been assault). Cop was so pissed that he called in other cops to do a road block to capture the kids. Of course, the other cops were not amused when they found out what the crime was. He was charged with interfering with an officer on duty and a few other minor charges. So yes, everyone is a criminal, especially if you are young, stupid and poor.
The issue is, I think, a level beyond the mere fact of massive over regulation. Our Founding fathers created by the Constitution a republic. In Art. I, Sec. I of the Constitution, they vested all legislative powers of our republic in Congress. They further provided that each Congressman voting for or against the laws was directly subject to the ballot box. We no longer live in that world.
Today, Congress does not solely wield the legislative power of our nation. Indeed, Congress is very far from even being the most important source of our legislation. Our nation now most clearly resembles the socialist regulatory bureaucracy of the EU, where mountains of regulations with the full force and effect of law are passed by unelected bureacrats. In our nation today, individuals, businesses, and private and public organizations can be fined, sanctioned, forced to close, and jailed for violating federal regulations that have never been subject to a vote by our elected representatives, nor signed into law by the President. The genius of our Constitutional system of checks and balances is wholly obliterated in the tyranny of our modern the regulatory bureaucracy.
This is a grave issue under Obama, but it is also much bigger than just his wholesale abuse of the regulatory bureaucracy. The growth and dictatorial power of the regulatory bureaucracy is a systemic toxin overlaid upon our government by FDR, and its substantial growth now threatens to wholly undermine our form of government, taking our most important legislation completely outside the purview of our elected representatives.
Today, Congress does not solely wield the legislative power of our nation. Indeed, Congress is very far from even being the most important source of our legislation. Our nation now most clearly resembles the socialist regulatory bureaucracy of the EU, where mountains of regulations with the full force and effect of law are passed by unelected bureacrats.
if you think the CFR is unconstitutional exercise of executive power, I invited you to challenge it in court. what good is complaining to on an internet forum?